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10-08-2011, 10:30 AM
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Fitzy
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The organization was very, very pleased with itself this summer in regards to the young defense.

Sauer developed, something nobody had counted on into a second pair defenseman, and McDonagh received an emergency callup and all of a sudden became a better defenseman for the Rangers than he had been for the Whalepack.

Rangers co felt comfortable enough in their crew, and the idea that someone could step up of all the youngsters this year that they threw the book at Brad Richards.

Mercifully, they were able to re-sign Eminger who I had said all summer was going to be a starting 6 defenseman for this team. Nobody believed me.

Our defense is a weakness and will continue to be until we get Staal back. No matter what stop gaps we acquire, none of them are all star defenseman capable of playing 25 minutes a night against top quality competition. We can only hope McDonagh continues to explode in his development.

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